Our new logo!

The lab has a new logo! It has a Brazilian fossil, the holotype of the pterosaur Tupandactylus imperator, on limestone rocks of the Crato Formation. Science Graphic Design, a company run by women scientists and designers, designed the logo.

New pterosaur from China celebrates international collaboration

A newly identified species of toothless pterosaur (ancient flying reptile) from China, named to celebrate international collaboration between Chinese and Brazilian researchers, is described in a paper in Scientific Reports. The species, dubbed Meilifeilong youhao and based on two specimens, provides insights into a group of medium-sized and high-crested China pterosaurs called chaoyangopterids.

Participation in the Terrible Lizards podcast

Earlier this year Taissa participated in the podcast Terrible Lizards, presented by Dr. Dave Hone and by Iszi Lawrence, talking about Brazilian pterosaurs and fossil trafficking. Available here.

Paleo-wildfires in Antarctica

Researchers Taissa Rodrigues and Rodrigo Figueiredo coauthored a work that described evidence of wildfires in Antarctica during the Late Cretaceous. Click here here for a news piece and here to read the open-access paper.

The vertebral air cavities of large pterosaurs disclose key adaptations for flight

A new study published characterizes the inner cavities of several vertebrae of a backbone thanks to micro-CT scans. The presence of air cavities in the postcranial skeleton was a key adaptation which allowed this group of large animals to fly.

New extinct species of aquatic insect from the Cretaceous of Brazil

Brazilian researchers from the Federal University of Espírito Santo (Ufes), the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV) and the Regional University of Cariri (Urca), along with researchers from the State Museum of Natural History in Kiev, Ukraine, and the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany, published on July 27th a scientific article describing a new species of aquatic insect from the Crato Formation geological unit, in Northeastern Brazil.

The Crato Formation

A new subfamily of Ephemeroptera

The first article arising from Arianny's master thesis has just been published. Read more by clicking on the title above and click here for the publication.

New crustacean species from Antarctica

Dr. Figueiredo and Dr. Rodrigues coauthored a paper describing a new species of lobster from the Upper Cretaceous of James Ross island, Antarctica. Hoploparia echinata is known by two specimens, one of them a fossilized molt. Available here.

New fossils of corals from Antarctica

Dr. Figueiredo and Dr. Rodrigues coauthored a newly published article that describes fossils of scleractinian corals from Cretaceous rocks of James Ross island, Antarctica. Available here.

Interview for Palaeocast

During SVP, Dr. Rodrigues joined Dr. Femke Howerda and Dr. Elizabeth Martin-Silverstone to talk about the inequalities faced by women in Paleontology. The episode also has interviews with other researchers, who talked about racial diversity and being transgender in Paleontology. Listen here.


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